The Kansas City Chiefs have been looking for a productive wide receiver other than Jeremy Maclin. Chris Conley was that player for the Chiefs in their 21-20 preseason loss to the Rams in Los Angeles on Saturday night.
Conley had three catches for a team-high 66 yards. He delivered a big play on each of the Chiefs’ two touchdown drives and another on one of their field goal drives.
Conley beat one-on-one coverage on each of his first two receptions. The first one came on a third-and-5 from the Rams’ 13. Conley caught a back-shoulder throw from quarterback Alex Smith and was tackled on the 2. Spencer Ware scored the game’s first touchdown on a running play on the next snap.
Conley’s biggest play came on the next touchdown drive. He got open deep down the right sideline on third-and-2 from the Kansas City 33 and caught a 37-yard pass from Smith. The play helped set up a Maclin touchdown catch.
Conley’s final catch, for 18 yards, came when he took a pass underneath coverage and ran for yardage to give the Chiefs a first down.
Conley missed much of training camp last year. He pointed out that in 2015, as a rookie, he was only returning to practice from an injury the second week of the preseason.
This year, he didn’t miss a day of practice at camp, so he has a much better grasp of the offensive system.
“Now it can really be about winning those one-on-one matchups,’’ he said.